The dues for electronic memberships, referred to as e-Memberships, in 2015 will be US $75, an increase of $23. This option is offered to those living in countries where the per capita gross domestic product is $15,000 or less.
E-Membership was a pilot program launched in 2011 to test the impact of substantially reduced dues on member recruitment and retention in developing countries. These statistics did not increase significantly during the pilot. The dues increase is necessary to make the program economically sustainable. As with traditional IEEE membership dues, future increases will be evaluated against the composite average of global consumer price indices.
IEEE also has a Special Circumstances reduced dues program that offers 50 percent off the standard dues for members who are unemployed, are retired, or have low income. Members can choose this option when joining or renewing their memberships.
Members who choose the e-Membership option will continue to have all the advantages of standard membership. These include the ability to vote in IEEE elections, join societies, engage in local activities, be considered for membership grade elevation to senior member and Fellow, and access member discounts. They can also participate in new offerings such as the IEEE RésuméLab and the IEEE MentorCentre. E-Membership members receive electronic instead of printed versions of the IEEE membership card, as well as IEEE Spectrum and The Institute.
“We would like to thank members who are participating in the program and ask their understanding of the dues increase, which will allow us to continue to offer the program,” says Jamie Moesch, senior director of IEEE Member Experience. IEEE will continue to look for ways to improve the value of membership worldwide and examine ways to make it more affordable to new and existing members who are most in need.